My name is Larry Kissell and I'm running for Congress

Of course, all my dear friends at BlueNC know who I am already. Your tireless efforts and support helped make this amazing campaign.

I'm going to be brief with this post, since I have a lot of work to do tonight and I hope you all already know what you mean to me. You're truly good people, and I thank you for that on behalf of all the hard working families in the 8th District.

I just released this statement I wanted to share with you.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

"The fight for the future of this District is too important to postpone another day. That's why I'm running for Congress in 2008 starting right now.

After today's recounts, I offer Congressman Hayes a belated congratulation for his victory now that the votes have been counted.

When I started my run for Congress I said it's not about who you are or how much money you have, it's about what you stand for. The folks who voted for me knew I stood with them.

And while the 2006 election is officially behind us, I recognize that the future is already upon us. My vision of the future is simple, help those who have been pushed aside by the Washington politicians and special interests.

I offer Congressman Hayes my prayers that he return safely to Washington and that he and his family have a blessed holiday."

You of all people know exactly what that means. Let's go again! I'm energized and ready to meet those 327 or so voters we missed on election day many times over during the next two years. Together, we can do this.

Thanks so much for all you do, and God bless.

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Thank you BlueNC!

You all mean so much to me.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Thank YOU, Larry

Spend enough time observing politics-as-usual, and you'll start to get a little jaded. Thanks for snapping us out of it.

Your campaign really has been amazing, and it's hard to believe that the guy in this post stood toe-to-toe with a wealthy good-old-boy incumbent and very nearly won.

Everyone who has contributed to Larry's efforts should be proud; I'm sure that all of us have a little extra fight in us because of him.

Thank YOU, Larry Kissell

Thanks to your BlueNCers, esp. SouthernDem, who first introduced me to you and to John Edwards, who campaigned for you, I'm another proud supporter of yours, ready to do it again in 2008!

Thank you for being sure all of the votes were counted and for running such a dignified campaign.

We are honored to know you

Jane and I are already on your 2008 bandwagon and will do whatever we can to help.

Congratulations on running the classiest campaign in the country. You give us hope.

I love you, Larry

That's all....I just love you.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Damn, and

hurray!

You just made 2008 more interesting.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

There

are tears running down my face, but you WILL win in 2008.

Lovex7

Thank you, Larry.

You are a true champion in every sense of the word, Sir. You lifted those around you first, and in the process lifted yourself. Everybody who ever sent you a dollar or forwarded a Southern Dem post about you is so damn proud they did.

And we're so ready for 2008 ... it's like a heard of barn happy horses around here. :)

This was just the training run. wooohoooo!!

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Please Rec at Kos

RANT has a diary up....Please rec

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I'm in, Larry.

My heart breaks that we couldn't quite pull it off this time...but I'll work my fingers to the bone to deliver a victory for the Kissell team in '08.

Thank you for showing all of us the very best side of democracy, Larry. You are an inspiration.

Robin Hayes Hates Puppies

Larry Kissell,

YOU are the embodiment of class, of who we all pray will represent us. Thank you for you tremendous effort, and know that we will be right there with you for '08. You are a total wonder, thank you Larry Kissell.

Nan Bozarth
Wilmington

Sad

I'm excited by all the potential ahead, but I have to say, I'm sad as can be. When I think that Robin Hayes will spend the next two years sucking up public money and doing nothing of value for anyone anywhere, it just breaks my heart. It's like having Bush as president instead of Al Gore. What a waste.

I'll get over it and I'm ready to do whatever it takes for the 2008 race. But I'm also grieving. I hate that Robin Hayes will embarrass North Carolina for another two years.

A Recap

Larry was knocking on doors for a year. He had big name support for what? 2 months at the most of that, and still managed to get within a half of a percent. Outspent 5-1, with no name id before the race.

2 more years of work and this will get done. The race was run with class on our side, and in 2 years we will prove that nice guys really can win.

HelpLarry.com

"Keep the Faith"

You forgot to remark that Larry wouldn't be weighed down by that

350 pound monster that destroyed his chances in Mecklenburg County, since said monster will successfully win a primary for something.

What happened to your edge?

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

The DCCC needs to step up in this race in '08!

I have resisted the urge to criticize the DCCC for not supporting Larry earlier in the 2006 campaign because they were, in fact, in the forefront of the effort that won back the House. But it's hard to see the millions of dollars spent on some of the losing campaigns out there and not wonder what just a fraction of that money could have achieved in NC-08.

But that is past. Now the DCCC has all the evidence it needs that Larry Kissell is a candidate who can absolutely win NC-08 in '08. If they fail to step up this time, we need to start crashing *their* gates.

Larry in '08!

--NCProsecutor

You better believe this is a targeted district in 2008

Here's to hoping (for Larry) that John Edwards is running against Rudy in 2 years.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Thank you, Larry

for showing everyone how political campaigns should be run. I would consider moving across county lines for the priviledge of voting for you.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

Locked and loaded

Got the name recon. Now we will get the votes. It will not be close next time.

What a Southern Gentleman you are Larry

It's been an honor...but now I'm really pumped for '08!

(Lcloud, you better stay right here, we need you too much!)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Thanks Larry for running and running...

David and Goliath doesn't quite capture it, does it?

First, thanks for your "hopeless" run. You can't ever win if you don't try... Every race must be contested. Every single one. You've set an example that others in your party should heed.

Second, thanks for leveraging the local netroots. Yes, not every candidate will have a SD baying at their opponents heels but even the less dedicated of net activist can turn the day. You've shown that netizens have an important role to play. Another example other NC candidates should take to heart.

Finally, thanks for running again. What a tough run. To follow it with another, that's admirable. To keep the pressure on Hayes, that's priceless. Thank you.

Take care,

Will

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

An Amazing Race

Thanks, Larry, for having the courage to run and run again.

Thanks, Southern Dem, for inspiring bloggers everywhere with your passion and effort.

Thanks, BlueNC, for being a faithful platform for this campaign.

Larry,

WNCNN is at your disposal in '08.

Here's to you

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Poor Tim Tagaris had to go to the AP for the news. Please Rec at Mydd.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I'm moving!!!!

Larry:

I would consider moving to the 8th just to vote for you in '08. Even by not being in your district I wanted so much for you to win, both for you and for Southern Dem. Every person running for office should have a person with that energy on their team!!! All the best to you and your family Larry and we look forward to your win in 08!!!

Thanks and good luck

It was a well run race; congratulations are due to you and not Hayes.

This will certainly show your students a good lesson in democracy and the value of every vote.

327 votes is nothing short

327 votes is nothing short of a victory in my eyes. The DCCC counted you out and on election night, the NC-08 race was not one of the "key races" or even remotely mentioned on the tv news coverage. But it has to be one of the closest (if not THE closest) house race this year. Now that, from a completely grassroots campaign is an amazing feat. Thank you, Larry Kissell. You inspire me.

I'm so thankful that you've decided to run again. This time, I'll be there to help. This time, I'll be with you from the beginning. This time, we won't lose.

WUNC

reported this afternoon that this was the closest race in the country. Amazing.

The most beautiful thing about this is that Larry gets it. He no sooner congratulates Hayes than he says, "I'm Larry Kissel, and I'm running for Congress - in 2008." This is the kind of candidate we need. Campaigns don't start in September or October. Campaigns are everyday, voting is everyday.

Go Larry, go. Keep going so you can run for statewide office someday. Then none of us will have to move - we'll just all support you and vote for you right where we are.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi